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Monday, February 06, 2006

next morning

"When I awoke the next morning..."


...I was still cold.  I didn't have to remember what that pain in my chest signified; I hadn't stopped hurting even in my sleep.  While my body rested and repaired, my heart and brain worked tirelessly to keep the wounds open and fresh so that even before my eyes opened I could feel the icy-cold shakiness of my hands and the ache in my chest and the knot in my stomach, and every morning was the same for several months afterward.

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